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Department of Corrections To Build More Work Release Facilities

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The current work release facilities house 670 offenders. This number may seem high but the reality is, there are only 15 facilities serving 37 Washington counties.  

An advisory committee with the Department of Corrections wants to double this capacity over the next decade. Offenders who participate in work release programs are less likely to re-offend. And DOC says they want to make sure this trend continues.

"Right now about 20% of the offenders that we have in our prison system come back through work release, so by adding beds our goal is to enable more offenders to be able to have this re-entry program," said Anne Fiala, Assistant Deputy Secretary with the Department of Corrections.

To find places for these new facilities, the committee has considered county population, as well as public transportation and job availability for offenders. The Tri-Cities facility currently houses 30 offenders, and they say they will not be affected by this expansion.

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